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A teenage girl and her young brother are stranded in the Australian outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Aborigine on "walkabout": a ritualistic banishment from his tribe
Nicolas Roeg is fast becoming one of my favorite directors. Granted, I've only digested three of his films so far, and I understand that his quality declines quite drastically later in his career (otherwise, I would have expected him to be one of the all-time greats instead of just respected yet rarely talked about), but he has yet to take a misstep in my book. Not only are the films of his I've watched commendable, they are truly excellent. From his mastery of the thriller/horror in Don't Look Now to the daring experimental sci-fi of The Man Who Fell To Earth, I've now been lucky enough to catch the beautiful, perhaps even 'Malickian' nature odyssey of Walkabout.
Walkabout, above all,…
I often talk about how I cherish the rare and unique opportunity to experience a film through pure, unbiased eyes, having never seen a trailer or a clip, with no knowledge of even a basic premise to get me started before sitting down and pressing play. Such was my approach to the 1971 Australian movie Walkabout, as I literally only knew the name of the director and the fact that it was deemed worthy of inclusion to the Criterion collection.
I wanted Nicolas Roeg to tell me a story, to paint something extraordinary with his highly regarded brush that, despite his expansive filmography, I had never witnessed in action before.
The film starts with various shots of crowded,…
The near silent opening of the film contrasts the concrete hell of the city set against the wise open spaces of the Australian outback. It is not until we are in the car with the girl, her younger brother and father that we have a clear understanding of where exactly we are. The montage of scenes before that converge together in surreal motion, the power of the images alone enough to inform you of the films psychology.
Nicolas Roeg's film was seemingly lost, then resurrected in full and appears to slowly be finding an audience at last. Its themes are simple yet wonderfully effective. Roeg looks at the industrialisation of the world and the ongoing battle against nature, always waiting…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"I don't suppose it matters which way we go..."
Nicholas Roeg's 1971 film Walkabout is so dizzying in it's sheer beauty, that one tends to get just as lost in it's Australian landscape and vistas as our protagonists, and it's through Nic Roeg's innovative editing and cinematography that we witness a teenage schoolgirl and her little brother become one with the landscape, as if nature is devouring the foreign objects that enter into its realm (symbolised by their picnic food being consumed by ants).
Edward Bond's 14 page screenplay, which is loosely based on the novel 'Walkabout' by James Vance Marshall, is apparently quite a step away from the novel in it's cinematic form. Roeg infuses the film with layers…
Director: Nicolas Roeg (Fourth Film)
A well-shot film about two siblings; an older sister and a younger brother as they venture - forced to so by circumstance - through the Australian outback. I say venture, but it's more trudge and struggle as they quickly descend into desperation. That is until they meet a young aboriginal boy on his "Walkabout" - a rite of passage undertaken by Aborigines during their adolescence years.
The film is wonderfully shot, with director Nicolas Roeg utilising frequently startling images and juxtaposition. Imagery-wise, Roeg is working wonders in this film with focus on transitions and fluidity and well, generally the odd shot of nature - in both its forms, nasty and nice.
It's been a day and a half since watching Walkabout. Normally I come and write my thoughts down right away, but this one has given me fits with how to express them.
A brother and sister, stranded and left in the outback, try and survive after running into an aborigine during his 'walkabout' - where on his 16th birthday he must go and live in the wildnerness surviving off the natural means of the earth. It's a very simple tale yet shown to us so poetically that it begs you to reflect on your own life.
Director Nicholas Roeg shows us what surviving in the wilderness of the Australian outback can feel like, and in such a natural beautiful way.…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I remember watching this on it initial release back in 1971 and while i didn't love it it has remained with me over the years.
This review is based on the Director's Cut which adds some other people, the original cut was basically the 2 children and the aborigine on their own without cutting to other things going on after the fathers death
It is a strikingly beautiful film to watch and I really love the ending
Hopefully I am able to watch the original cut again one of these days and revise my review
Nicolas Roeg's true directorial debut is filled with ideas and unique perceptions. A brother and sister escape the insanity of their troubled father to find themselves in the wilds of The Australian Outback. The title of the film comes from The Aboriginal concept of a male's journey to adulthood.
And with the assistance of a young Aboriginal boy in the middle of his "walkabout" -- the siblings journey through adversity and mystery toward their own adulthood.
Along the way cultural differences cause confusion and alarm. It is a film about survival thanks to human kindness. But more than anything it is a startling view of how racism and cultural differences are so engrained, no amount of human kindness can make them go away.
A beautiful and tragic experimental film about both the strengths and flaws of the human condition.
In a word: great.
Walkabout is a perfect title for Nicholas Roeg, whose dreamlike films have about the same lack of respect for reality and linear time that comes with a walkabout. Scenes slide into one another without showing the transitions, flash cuts happen between outback and civilization, and it can frequently be questioned whether scenes happen at all or are just being imagined. Roeg is rarely interested in telling a story, but more in creating a feeling or a sequence of feelings, and this tendency is already full on display in his first solo feature here.
When a teenage girl and her young brother are stranded in the Australian outback, their salvation comes in the form of a young aborigine teen on walkabout.…
It's certainly beautiful in that "screw the story, look at the landscape" kinda way that you often get with Aussie films.
But it has the feel that the story, rather than being ignored, avoided or unknown, is deliberately avoided. Leave it up to the viewer, and let them create it with the landscaped allusions. Which is by no means bad.
By the end of it, you're surprisingly engaged. In my case, not just with the characters - somewhat anachronistically given as "girl", "white boy" and "black boy" in the credits - but with yourself. The innocence of youth, and the trials of growing up are mostly defined by not understanding what is in front of us. Regret and missed opportunities form the basis of the adult you will become.
2.5 out of 5 (C+)
One of the most haunting and powerful depictions of man's invasion of nature that I have ever seen. Super beautiful to look at with rich symbolism and nuanced performances from two of the three leads (not the little boy), this makes me want to check out more of Roeg's films (I have only seen this and Don't Look Now).
beautiful but rickety. it's clear that roeg is all-in as a filmmaker, knitting hundreds of glorious images together that could stand as little stories unto themselves. his passion is also more than a little exhausting, and i found the overall narrative hard to cling to despite its simplicity. walkabout is worth watching for the visuals, performances, and its primal 'man and nature' perspective, but its muddled, baz luhrmann-like* presentation keeps it from truly piercing my soul.
it also made me want to watch gerry for the hundredth time and apparently there's no hd version which is a big problem.
*i know roeg came first but not for me.
Two young siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Australian boy on "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.
One of those films I've heard about for ages but only now got round to seeing. I liked it but didn't love it the way that the people who regard it as a classic do. Visually it's very impressive, especially the close up shots of nature that makes me think Terrence Malick must be a fan.
While the film does a good job of examining the culture clash of the posh white people and the Aboriginal boy, I found the three them wandering through the outback just a little Point A- Point B - Point C.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…